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Klavan’s late header helps Liverpool top Burnley

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What drama at Turf Moor, where Burnley looked as if they were going to leave with a well-deserved point but have suffered a bitterly disappointing defeat due to a last-minute winner for Liverpool.

The Reds led for almost half an hour after Sadio Mane’s magnificent strike before Gudmundsson got the hosts back into the game late on, but the Clarets weren’t quite able to hold onto the draw, despite their best efforts.

Alex Oxlade-Chamberlin’s free-kick was headed in by Ragnar Klavan for Liverpool’s winner deep into injury time, the first scored by an Estonian player in Premier League history and the Red’s held on to take all three points. Philippe Coutinho and Mohamed Salah were missing from the starting line-up as the Reds travelled to Burnley.

Brazil forward Coutinho wasn’t risked after picking up a thigh injury, while Egypt winger Salah has suffered a groin problem. Both injuries are believed to be minor and the in-form pair are expected to have a chance of playing in Friday’s FA Cup third round tie against Merseyside rivals Everton.

“Phil and Mo aren’t available, that’s why they are not in the squad. They’re both injured and that’s not too cool but that’s how it is,” Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp said.

Barcelona kit manufacturers Nike advertised the Spanish club’s shirts with Coutinho’s name on the back on Sunday, sparking renewed talk of a move to the Camp Nou for the Liverpool playmaker. Coutinho was the subject of failed bids by Barcelona last year who are expected to make another move in January. The quickly deleted advert on the Nike website read: “Philippe Coutinho is ready to light up Camp Nou.”

This season, Salah has been even more valuable to Liverpool than Coutinho, enjoying a brilliant first season at Anfield featuring 23 goals following his move from Roma last year. -AGENCIES

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